WHAT IS HURRICANE GLASS?
In many ways, hurricane glass is like a car’s windshield: Its main purpose is to prevent flying objects from penetrating the building and causing lethal damage.
By remaining intact, hurricane glass also lessens the chance of water damage and prevents damaging winds from entering the building where they can place extreme pressure on the roof and walls.
Hurricane glass is constructed of two pieces of (typically) quarter-inch glass. The panes are laminated together with a sheet of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) in between. When hurricane glass is struck by a projectile, it’s much more likely to keep that projectile from entering the building. The glass may shatter, but the lamination will hold the pieces together and hurricane glass prevents them from breaking into loose, dangerous shards.
Are You Protected?
After Hurricane Andrew swept through southern Florida in 1992, state officials created new building codes to provide a higher level of protection for residents along Florida’s Atlantic coast, including Jacksonville. Since then, the construction industry has invested heavily to develop the types of building products that meet those codes.
Do the codes require your new building to have hurricane glass? That depends on the height of the structure, its distance from the coast, surrounding structures and other factors.
If you own an older home or building, you cannot simply replace your existing window glass with hurricane glass. The entire window system must be replaced in order for the glass to do its job.
Hurricane Glass That’s Tested Tough
One requirement of today’s stiffer codes is that hurricane-resistant glass and glazing must pass certain tests that measure impact and wind pressure.
The Hurricane Test Protocol includes both the Large Missile Impact Test and Small Missile Impact Test, during which timber and metal are shot toward the glass at high speeds. In addition, the Cyclic Pressure Loading Test may be applied to determine how the glass withstands various wind pressures.
Lee & Cates’ hurricane-resistant glass systems meet the strict guidelines set forth by Dade County and the state of Florida. If you’re building a new home or you’d like to retrofit your current home or building with hurricane glass that will protect you during the Atlantic hurricane season, contact us by phone or email today, or visit one of our many locations in Jacksonville and other north Florida cities.